The Rebirth of the Clinic: An Introduction to Spirituality in Health Care (Paperback)

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According to physician and philosopher Daniel Sulmasy postmodern thought, in which philosophical and theological universals are questioned and ethics is left up for grabs, has sickened the doctor-patient relationship. But the ill, he claims, are rebelling--they seek a medicine that treats them as persons, full of dignity, along with a renewed form of health care that does not abandon the goods of science, but also does not eschew the mystical. Medical school curricula are evidence of this emerging condition: nearly all schools require courses in spirituality and health care. But how should health care workers view this development? How should they think about soul medicine alongside scientific medicine? How might this affect their practice? Sulmasy, an internist and Franciscan friar with a Ph.D. (from Georgetown under Ed Pellegrino), introduces physicians and medical students to the basic issues in spirituality and medicine. In Part I he looks at the nature of illness and healing, sketching the history of Western heath care and Judeo-Christian thought to provide guidance for today's health care community. In Part II he examines the recent rash of empirical studies about spirituality and patient care, trying to separate the legitimate from the downright kooky. In Part III, he takes up spiritual questions that arise in the care of patients at the close of life. Here he introduces the reader to several patients and cases, reiterating his conviction that for physicians attending to the spiritual needs of their patients ought to be viewed not just as a moral option, but as a moral obligation.

About the Author

Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD is a Franciscan friar and the inaugural Clinton-Kilbride Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, professor of divinity, and associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He received his AB and MD degrees from Cornell University and completed his residency, chief residency, and postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received his PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1995. His books include The Healer's Calling and Methods in Medical Ethics. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781589010956
ISBN-10: 1589010957
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication Date: May 19th, 2006
Pages: 246
Language: English

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